Our Staff

Dave Garlie, President
Dave Garlie, President
Areas of Interest

The Garlie family has a long history of caring for large and small animals in Northfield. Dr. David's father, A.O. Garlie, took over the Northfield veterinarian office in the late 1930's, and Dr. David began practice in 1966. Recently in April 2010, Dr. David decided to expand his ownership and bought the Minnesota Veterinary Hospital! He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Hospital and looks forward to expand his services to our excellent clientele.

Dr. Holly Lillegaard
Dr. Holly Lillegaard
Degrees

Her undergraduate course work was completed at North Dakota State University. A graduate of the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, completed additional specialty training in a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida.

Areas of Interest

Preventative medicine, dentistry, geriatric medicine and the human animal bond. She strongly believes that prevention is the key to pets living long, healthy happy lives but still enjoys diagnosing and providing therapy for our furry family members illnesses. Dr. Lillegaard practiced emergency medicine in Florida but came back to Minnesota to be closer to family, friends and the great up north! Special interests outside of work include spending time with her twin daughters, husband, sewing and cooking.

Pets

Pets Cats Gabby (former WILD hockey player Gaborik), Walnut and C (C3PO) and her crazy dog Princess.

Dr. Katherine Freed, Medical Director
Dr. Katherine Freed, Medical Director
Degrees

Dr. Katherine Freed (Dr. Kate) received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Kate has also expanded her education by attending the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Leadership Academy in Colorado. The AAHA Leadership Academy was a fantastic way for her to expand her skills and knowledge to lead our team into the future. Dr. Kate is committed to providing our clients with excellence in communication with the ability to explain complex medical diagnoses in a clear and concise manner. When Kate is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their 2 daughters, along with their 3 Labrador Retrievers and cat, Fluff. She enjoys skiing, running, yoga, reading, cooking, and outdoor activities. Dr. Kate is a complement to our vastly diverse team and looks forward to meeting you and your furry companion.

Pets

3 Labrador Retrievers and cat, Fluff.

Dr. Suzy Ahrens
Dr. Suzy Ahrens
Degrees

Dr. Susanna Ahrens (Suzy) received her undergraduate degree training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Minnesota in 1994.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Ahrens has practiced medicine at MVH for over 18 years, and has cultivated longstanding relationships with many of our clients and animal patients. Her special interests include dermatology, internal medicine, behavioral medicine and acupuncture. In her spare time, she is a local Hospice volunteer, and enjoys working on obedience training with her 2 high-energy Labrador Retrievers! Suzy lives with her husband, Steve, in St. Paul. They share their home with 3 cats Franny, George and Gracie and their 2 dogs Jodi and Abby.

Pets

They share their home with 3 cats Franny, George and Gracie and their 2 dogs Jodi and Abby.

Jeff Jensen, Hospital Administrator
Jeff Jensen, Hospital Administrator
Degrees

Undergraduate degree in Communications with a business concentration from Augsburg College in 1998, and a certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from the Veterinary Management Institute from Purdue University in 2000.

Areas of Interest

Jeff grew up in Shoreview and began learning about veterinary management early in his childhood from his father, Dr. Douglas Jensen, who is the founder of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital. He has always been very interested in business and was extremely excited when he was hired in 1998 as the office manager. The dedication that he has showed to the hospital made him grow into the hospital administrator role where he is continuing his father's legacy through management of the entire hospital. His background includes an undergraduate degree in Communications with a business concentration from Augsburg College in 1998, and a certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from the Veterinary Management Institute from Purdue University in 2000. Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Keri, and his 3 kids, Ellie, Alexis, and Luci; 2 rescued Labrador Retrievers, Tahoe and Hutch, and his 15 year old college roommate cat, Jimmy. When he is not busy with his family, he enjoys riding his Quarter horse, Jens. Jeff is very proud and honored to have been a part of his father's practice for over 12 years. He is committed to providing the clientele with excellence in customer service and a trusting business relationship. He enjoys seeing and hearing about the experiences from the loyal clientele who continue to show their support and appreciation for how knowledgeable and caring the team of MVH is, which makes his job all the more worth while.

Pets

2 rescued Labrador Retrievers, Tahoe and Hutch, and his 15 year old college roommate cat, Jimmy. When he is not busy with his family, he enjoys riding his Quarter horse, Jens.

Amy Brown, CVT
Amy Brown, CVT
Degrees

Amy graduated from Globe University in 2006 with a AAS degree in Veterinary Technology.

Areas of Interest

Amy joined MVH in March of 2013. She has experience working with cats and dogs since 2005. She has a special interest in critical care patients and thrives to learn new things. She enjoys getting to know all the clients and pets as they come in. Outside of work, Amy enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Pets

A Boston terrier named Maximus, 2 cats named Felix and Movick, and a bearded dragon named Bowser.

Becky, Technician Assistant
Becky, Technician Assistant
Degrees

BS degree in Biology from Northwestern University

Areas of Interest

Enjoy learning new things, helping take care of all the pets, and getting to know all the pets and clients. Camping, bird watching, fishing, reading, and spending time with friends and family

Pets

3 Zebra Finches and 1 Lady Gouldian finch. 2 Cats Leia and Chi.

Rachel Copeland, CVT
Rachel Copeland, CVT
Degrees

Diploma in Business Administrative Assistant-June 2011 AAS Veterinary Technology-September 2013 BAS Veterinary Technology-March 2015

Areas of Interest

Rachel joined MVH in October of 2014. She comes to us from a cat-only clinic so she has a lot of knowledge and experience with cats. Outside of work she enjoys softball, cross stitch and spending time with friends and family.

Pets

Rachel has three cats, Akhenaton, Ramesses, and Patty. She also has a beagle mix named Truman Barnett, or Barney, for short.

Tera Thompson, CVT
Tera Thompson, CVT
Degrees

Tera is a 2005 graduate of Argosy University with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology.

Areas of Interest

Tera joined the MVH team in March 2009. She enjoys getting to know each pet individually and making sure they feel comfortable during their visits here. During her free time she likes to watch/attend Twins games, have cookouts with friends, and walking the trails around the area.

Pets

Charming cat, Viva.

Sandra Nelson, Reception
Sandra Nelson, Reception
Areas of Interest

Sandra has been a part of the MVH team since September of 1992 and she has worked in the field since 1984. Sandra loves every dog and cat that walks through our doors and is amazed that each one has its own personality. Outside of MVH, Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their three boys; Lukas, Lorenzo, and Leo.

Pets

Sandra shares her home with three dogs; Patsy, Sweetie, and Licker.

Kelly Piersak, Animal Care Supervisor
Kelly Piersak,  Animal Care Supervisor
Degrees

She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelors degree in Field Biology.

Areas of Interest

Kelly joined the MVH team in August 2011. She loves spending quality time with the boarding animals.

Pets

Outside MVH, Kelly enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her favorite dogs, Boone, Briggs, Mishka, and her new puppy, Kaja.

Our Services

  • Physical Exam
  • Senior Pet Health Care
  • Vaccinations
  • Radiology
  • Diagnostic Testing

Contact Us

4545 Hodgson Road
Shoreview, MN 55126
Phone: (651) 484-3331
Fax: (651)-403-6359
Contact Us
Directions  

Testimonials

Dear Sainted & Tainted, This is a “sainted” story directed at the wonderfully caring staff at MN Veterinary Hospital in Shoreview. I’d like to thank Tara, Kelly, Sandy, Dr. Ahrens, Dr. ...

From Sainted and Tainted--Pioneer Press
Arden Hills, MN 55112

 I have been going to MN Veterinary Hospital for a few years now. They have been nothing short of amazing. From the very first time I brought my sick kitty ...

Laura W
Bloomington

Always driven by MVH for years -- was in need of new vet (my old one was getting older...not as helpful) so did my google search and found ...

Rob S
Arden Hills, MN


We have always had great service.  Yesterday was just another example.  Our thanks to Dr Susie and the staff for fixing Bucky on such short notice.

MJ
Shoreview, MN

MVH Rocks

KP
Shoreview

Thank you so much to you and your staff. Everyone was so professional and seemed to know what they were doing. Susan and her assistant, kudos to you two! Thank ...

Travis S.

Minnesota Veterinary Hospital (MVH) has been our vet for 15 years. When we got our first dog, someone recommended MVH so we tried it. We liked MVH so much that ...

Rose Q.

Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Staff: It’s been over a year since Ollie died, and I can finally put into words our gratitude to all of you for the care you gave him ...

Rose Q.

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your new groomer, Linda Ferradas.  I brought Gracie, my mom’s dog, in to get groomed the other day.  ...

Jessica S.

My dog, Luna, was in yesterday morning for a grooming which I paid for at the time.  Then in yesterday afternoon's mail came a wonderful "welcome" letter from your clinic ...

Eleanor

Thank you all so much for sending us Madeline's paw impression. It was very touching and is a great reminder of what a good dog she was. The staff that ...

John W.

Kudos to all of you when you have to put up with Booger!!! and I can't THANK YOU all enough for the vigilance you gave to Critter when she was ...

Lissa L.

I want to thank your staff and especially Dr. Ahrens. We have had some poor experiences in the past with putting pets down and this experience was very calm and ...

Thomas A.

We have been taking our "kids" to Minnesota Veterinary Hospital for well over 10 years now and have nothing but the highest accolades for the people who work there and ...

Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Client

Minnesota Veterinary Hospital (MVH) has been our vet for 15 years. When we got our first dog, someone recommended MVH so we tried it. We liked MVH so much that ...

Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Client

Fantastic Vet Hospital and wonderful staff! The MVH office is well-run and prices are reasonable. The decor is simple and practical.I 'm glad to see the money is being spent to ...

Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Client

Eighteen-plus years ago I was given a cat from a former girlfriend. I honestly never wanted a cat nor did I want the responsibility of caring for one. From her ...

Jon Nisja
Shoreview, MN

Proudly affiliated with...

  mnvpmn